31 October 2014
Seeing a LaFerrari is a pretty rare occurrence. Seeing two is about as common as seeing Jeremy Clarkson doing manual labour. But of course, if you're in certain neighbourhoods - such as Beverly Hills - then the chances of seeing a LaFerrari are greatly increased. Even more so if it's Ferrari's 60th anniversary, and they're organizing a convoy of some description.
29 October 2014
Last week we saw footage of Audi's autonomous RS7 pounding around the Hockenheimring. Whilst it wasn't actually racing any other vehicles, it still appeared to get round the circuit in a very rapid time. The fact that there's a 550bhp V8 under the bonnet didn't hurt, of course, but the computers certainly did a very good job of judging the available grip and conditions. Sadly, this RS7 is just a technology demonstrator. But how soon is it before we might see production cars, or production race cars with the technology?
28 October 2014
We're suffering from a distinct lack of Top Gear on the airwaves at the moment. Well, unless you count all the endless repeats on Dave and BBC Three. But, good news! Christmas is (slightly scarily) just around the corner, and that means there's a brand new Top Gear DVD incoming! Imaginatively called 'The Perfect Road Trip 2', it looks like all we'd expect from Messers Hammond and Clarkson. There's McLarens, Lamborghinis, speed boat races and Hammond managing to crash an F-Type. Ouch.
21 October 2014
Autonomous cars will be here sooner than you think. And if Audi get their way, those autonomous cars will be only too happy to take you on very fast laps of your favorite race circuits. Whether you find that experience exhilarating or utterly terrifying is another matter entirely, of course.
14 October 2014
Country manors, tranquil gardens, orangeries and grassland suggests a slow and relaxed way of life. Perhaps you might perambulate the garden in the late afternoon, possibly stopping to look at the lake and its trout. Which is all well and good, but if you like the occasional adrenaline thrill, then one way to improve the experience would be to traverse the garden at high speed - preferably drifting - in, say, a Rolls-Royce Wraith. Or at least, that's what these guys did. Mind the tree.
10 October 2014
With an announcement like today's you kind of forget that Tesla is still a relatively new car company. The Tony Stark-aping Elon Musk just revealed the D, and - as much of the internet guessed- it turned out to be a dual-motor Model S. That means four wheel drive for the first time and, much more enticingly, it means 691bhp and 687lb-ft of torque. That is, quite simply, ridiculous.
9 October 2014
Most car markers run competitions from time to time. Sometimes it's to win a branded cap, sometimes it's to win a car. Land Rover, however, has decided that giving away a car isn't quite a good enough prize. So, they've teamed up with Virgin Galactic to give away a trip to space for four friends.
8 October 2014
Innovative cars don't come around all that often. Which is not surprising, really, since cars have been around for over a century, and there have been a lot of very clever minds set on improving things. However, every now and then, you get a car that is refocused on what it is that we - that is, the people that actually buy cars - actually need and want. And at the moment, that includes efficiency, low running costs, and a unique design.
7 October 2014
So many cars get revealed at motor shows these days, it can be hard to keep up with what's new (that statement is assuming that not many cars were revealed at motor shows in years past. This is probably wrong). You will therefore be pleased and delighted (you will!) that I've collected highlights of the most important cars right here.
2 October 2014
You may remember the Volkswagen XL1. It was a diesel-electric plug-in hybrid that was relentlessly focused on fuel-efficiency. So much so that it looked like a spaceship in an effort to be as aerodynamic as possible - going so far as to replace the wing mirrors with tiny cameras. Which was all well and good - impressive even - but not exactly fun. But now VW has shoved a 200hp Ducati engine into the XL1 to create the XL Sport.